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March/April 2009 Issue - Automobile Association of Malaysia
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from the chairman Poorly designed and maintained
roads have safety defects that
become critical when traffic
density increases...
SEPARATE MOTORCYCLE LANES
OFFERS GREATER SAFETY
In Malaysian, about 60% of traffic fatalities
involve motorcyclists and according to
newspaper reports, an average of 17
motorcyclists and pillion riders lose their lives on
the road everyday.
In a study and report titled “Make Roads
Safe – A New Priority For Sustainable
Development” prepared by the Commission for
Global Road Safety sometime back, it revealed
that in low and middle income countries, people
who are usually vulnerable are pedestrians,
cyclists and motorcyclists.
The report went on to state that existing road
networks may also be responsible for causing
some of these accidents and fatalities. Poorly
designed and maintained roads have safety
defects that become critical when traffic density
increases, unless such problems are identified
and dealt with. Lack of road maintenance
leading to hazardous surface conditions can be
a particular risk for motorcyclists.
The report concluded that in many low
income and middle income countries, traffic
growth in both urban and rural areas has also
outstripped the ability to improve the road
infrastructure. Too often the main focus has
been on increasing road capacity as an aid to
economic development, without including safety
as an objective or subjecting road designs to
safety audit procedures.
Recently, the Automobile Association of
Malaysia (AAM), together with a number of
Government and private institutions in Malaysia
worked in collaboration to inspect and complete
a comprehensive evaluation of Malaysian roads
in a pilot project under the International Road
Assessment Programme (iRAP).
iRAP targets high-risk roads throughout
the world where large number of fatalities and
serious injuries are reported and inspects
them to identify affordable safety engineering
programmes that can be put in place to reduce
these casualties.
A total of 3,700km of roads throughout
Peninsular Malaysia were inspected and
evaluated, and the study emphasized on
how much of an impact it had specifically on
motorcyclists.
Roads were also awarded star ratings
measuring it against safety performance; fivestar representing the safest road infrastructure
design while one-star reflecting poor
infrastructure design.
While roads with separate motorcycle lanes
were rated five-star for good delineation and
forgiving roadsides, single carriageway or trunk
roads with a narrow paved shoulder, sharp
curves and poor roadsides were reduced to a
one-star rating.
Based on this report, the iRAP Malaysia
Steering Group has made a recommendation of
five counter measures;
• Road side safety – hazard removal
• Separate motorcycle lanes
• Intersection upgrades
• Overtaking and capacity improvements
• Shoulder sealing/provision
The assessment also concluded that
motorcycle lanes represent an important
network-wide counter measure that has the
potential to save many lives in the country.
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AGM notice news
AWARD WINNING PEUGEOT 308 LANDED
Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official franchise holder
of Peugeot automobiles in Malaysia, recently
launched the all-new Peugeot 308.
Locally assembled at the Naza Automotive
Manufacturing plant in Gurun, Kedah, the 308 is
a 1600cc five-door available in two variants;
normally-aspirated and turbocharged,
priced at RM96,500 and
RM111,000 on-the-road
respectively.
Both variants are
only available with the
tiptronic gearbox that
permits you to drive it
as fully automatic or
manually select the gears
for a more sporty drive.
The normallyaspirated VTi 1.6 308 is rated
at 120hp at 6,000rpm and
160Nm at 4,250rpm, while the
turbocharged version has a maximum power
of 140hp at 6,000rpm and a maximum torque of
240Nm at 4,250rpm.
The 308 is winner of the 2007 Golden Steering
Wheel Award in the compact car category. This
prestigious award by a German weekly since 1976,
judges on style, design, comfort, road handling,
safety, the car’s environmental friendliness and
quality.
Receiving a five-star Euro NCAP crash rating
for safety, the 308 has won the admiration of
motoring journalists worldwide.
Its four-cylinder Direct Injection Turbo
1.6-litre engine meanwhile, was also named
the International Engine of the Year twice, in
2007 and 2008. Development of the engine was
a collaboration of PSA Peugeot Citroen and the
BMW Group/
The 308’s HDI (diesel powered engine
– not available in Malaysia) meanwhile, has
also broken the Guinness World Record for fuel
savings with an average consumption of 3.12 litre
per 100km. It managed to travel 1,919km on one
60-litre fuel tank.
news PORSCHE TOO NOT SPARED BY
ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart,
was not able to escape the general downward
trend in the global automotive industry in the
first six months of the current year of business
2008/09 (1 August 2008 - 31 January 2009)
and will therefore show a decrease in revenues
according to provisional figures of 14.3 per cent to
approximately Euro three billion.
Taking the development of sales by midJanuary 2009 as a fundamental indicator,
sales in the first half of the business year are
expected to have decreased by 27.3 per cent to
approximately 34,000 units.
The far better development of revenues
versus vehicle sales in the first half-year is
attributable, among other factors, to a change
in the model mix of cars sold. One factor is
that the 911 model series accounts for a larger
share in overall sales, another factor is that the
share of the Boxster model series has decreased
significantly. According to provisional figures, the
911 accounts for 13,500 units sold (previous year:
16,263 units), while sales of Porsche’s mid-engine
sports car amounted to approximately 3,900
units (previous year: 9,835 units). The Cayenne
showed steady performance in the first half of the
2008/09 year of business and is expected to have
reached a sales volume of approximately 16,600
units (previous year: 20,638 units).
Porsche sales in Germany in the period
under report are expected to have reached 4,150
units, following 5,630 units in the same period
last year. In North America the corresponding
figure is expected to be 11,850 units (previous
year: 16,209 units) and in the rest of the world
roughly 18,000 units (previous year: 24,897
units).
FATALITIES UP DURING CNY PERIOD
Fatalities on the road rose 11.6 per cent during
the Chinese New Year festive period between
January 19 and February 2, 2009 compared with
the corresponding period last year.
There were 212 deaths compared to 190 in
the same period last year.
The number of accidents however, was fewer
with 14,618 cases reported as opposed to 14,991
last year.
Motorcyclists and pillion riders accounted
for 152 deaths or 72 per cent of total fatalities
recorded, an increase of 43.4% from last year.
There were 29 deaths involving drivers and
passengers. A total of 14 pedestrians lost their
lives, five lorry drivers and attendants, and four
cyclists.
news
NEW
PEUGEOT 407
INTRODUCED
The new Peugeot 407 was introduced
into the Malaysian automotive market
by Nasim Sdn Bhd (NSB), the official
franchise holder of Peugeot automobiles in
Malaysia on Saturday, 14 February 2009
at Peugeot Blue Box Glenmarie in Shah
Alam, Selangor. The car was launched
by En SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin,
Executive Chairman and CEO of Nasim
Sdn Bhd.
The Peugeot 407 was the first locally
assembled, Peugeot badged model that
was handled by NSB after officially taking
over the Peugeot franchise in early 2008.
The new Peugeot 407 comes in
two versions; the classic and premium
versions. Differences between the
two versions are the Multimedia and
Navigation Screen and leather upholstery
which comes with the Premium version.
Upgrades over the previous version of
the 407 include front parking sensors, new
piano black finish for the central console,
new sporty front grille and also redesigned
rear boot lid with a more acutely angled
ducktail spoiler for greater high speed
stability, lights and rear bumper which
now incorporates a rear valance to create
a wider look at the rear. The rear number
plates have also been repositioned lower.
In addition, the multi info display that
was previously positioned on the top of the
dashboard in its own housing has been
incorporated into the Multimedia and
Navigation Screen for a cleaner look. The
proven 2.0L EW10A engine that develops
140hp at 6,000rpm and 200Nm of torque
at 4,000rpm remains in the new 407.
En SM Nasarudin said that the
two versions of the 407 cater to slightly
different buyer profiles and these cars
reflect the growing taste of Malaysian
buyers for European automobiles. He adds
that the cars have been very well specified
and are being positioned as premium
offerings within their respective segments.
The on-the-road prices of the cars
are RM128,888 for the standard and
RM136,888 for the premium models.
The new 407 which scored a full
five stars in the EuroNCAP (New Car
Assessment Programme) safety crash
tests complements the recently launched
Peugeot 308 VTi and 308 Turbo in NSB’s
locally assembled Peugeot line-up. Apart
from locally assembled models NSB also
imports the 308 GT and 207 CC.
For more information, customers may
call the toll free Peugeot Careline at 1-80088-6292.
BLUOXY, MORE THAN JUST
HEALTH PROTECTION
The strange looking pictures you see on this
page are some of the hazardous contaminants in
your car that are eliminated by BluOxy. While
creating a healthy and clean environment inside
your vehicle is the main purpose of BluOxy Spray
and NanOdor Pad, there is a lot more to just
anti bacterial and anti fungal protection that is
taking place.
One of the more obvious secondary benefits
would be a clean smelling car. The source
and emissions of odors will also be removed
continuously with BluOxy’s active and passive
2 step combination. The light reactive NanOdor
pad is especially effective in removing nearly all
free floating odor molecules inside the passenger
cabin. Lingering smells of tobacco, body odor,
chemicals, foodstuff from the wet-market and
even durians will be displaced. NanOdor pad will
even remove perfumes people use inside their
cars. It would be appropriate to note here that 95
percent of chemicals used in fragrances today are
synthetic compounds derived from petroleum,
including known toxins capable of causing
cancer, birth defects, central nervous system
disorders and allergic reactions. They are also a
potential trigger for asthma and migraines. No
artificial perfume in the market today has been
subject to any regulatory safety or health scrutiny
as the industry is self-regulating.
With NanOdor pad in place there is no
need to continuously breathe in man made
synthetic odor conditioners anymore. A fresh,
clean smelling and perfume free environment
is created instead. Better yet, the
effectiveness of NanOdor pad will
easily outlast eight vials of standard
car perfume used consecutively.
If the pad is undamaged, it will
last for a few years more! And
best of all, NanOdor pad cost less
than the price of four vials of the
cheapest car perfume available in the
supermarket today. With the
comprehensive combined
effects of BluOxy Spray
& NanOdor Pad, you
can really breathe
the difference and
provide a safe,
clean environment
advertorial AAM MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL REWARD:
All new and renewing AAM members can
experience the benefits of the BluOxy™ package
at a greatly subsidized price of RM58 as a
membership renewal reward from AAM.
(see new & renewal membership form for details)
10
TOP PERFORMER ON THE ROAD WITH
AMBITIONS ON THE TRACK THE ALL-NEW
PORSCHE 911 GT3
More powerful, faster, and greatly refined
than its predecessor are the elements
that have created so much of excitement
over the launch of the all-new generation
Porsche 911 GT3.
Porsche AG has described the new GT3
as the most sporting and dynamic roadgoing 911 with a normally-aspirated power
unit, applying its wide range of know-how
gained in motorsport to develop a car that
is truly impressive not only on the road,
but also on the race track.
The new 911 GT3 is making its world
debut at the Geneva Motor Show on
March 3, with European sales starting in
May.
The new 911 GT3 offers an even higher
standard above all in two key areas:
performance and driving dynamics.
Now the proven six-cylinder naturallyaspirated power unit develops maximum
output of 435bhp (320 kW), up 20bhp
over its predecessor. This results first
and foremost from an increase in engine
capacity by 200cc to 3.8 litres and from
the improved gas cycle: now not only
the intake, but for the first time also
the exhaust camshafts are adjusted by
VarioCam.
A further important point is that,
through its upgraded power and
performance, the boxer engine also offers
a significant increase in torque at medium
engine speeds, a benefit of particular
significance in everyday motoring. Clearly,
this also means a further improvement in
performance, the new GT3 accelerating
from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds
and reaching 160km/h in 8.2 seconds. Top
speed is 312km/h.
The second highlight in developing
the 911 GT3 to an even higher standard
was to further improve the car’s driving
dynamics: For the first time the 911 GT3
comes with a particularly sporting variant
of PSM Porsche Stability Management,
offering the option to deactivate both
Stability Control (SC) and Traction
Control (TC) in separate steps. And to give
the driver unrestricted, individual control
over the driving dynamics of his car, these
functions are not reactivated automatically
even under the most extreme driving
conditions, but only at the touch of a
button.
The new GT3 offers even better grip
and stability also at high speeds, specific
modifications of the car’s aerodynamics
increasing down-forces both front and rear
to such an extent that the overall pressure
pushing down the car is more than twice as
great as on the former model.
At the same time the new
Aerodynamics Package gives the GT3 a
brand-new look further accentuated by
the new bi-xenon headlights, LED rear
light clusters, as well as modified air
intakes and outlets.
The active PASM suspension of the 911
GT3 enables Porsche’s engineers to make
the springs and anti-rollbars somewhat
stiffer yet again, thus ensuring even more
precise handling in the PASM sports mode,
while retaining appropriate roll comfort
suitable for everyday use in the normal
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PASM mode.
New, even lighter wheels
in racing design with central
locking and UHP (ultra-high
performance) tyres now even
featuring tyre pressure control
round off the functional and
visual enhancement of the GT3.
With driving dynamics
and performance increasing
to an even higher level, the
brake system, following an old
Porsche tradition, has been
enhanced accordingly on the
new 911 GT3. The brake discs
now come with an even larger
friction disc and an aluminium
cover to reduce weight even
further. Further improvement
of brake ventilation, in turn,
guarantees an even higher level
of consistent brake power also over long
periods. And as an option the GT3 comes
as before with an exclusive version of
PCCB ceramic brakes made specifically
for this model.
The new GT3 will also be available
with yet another option making the car
even more suitable for the race track:
new and highly innovative PADM
(Porsche Active Drivetrain Mount)
engine bearings.
These special engine mounts
recognise a particularly sporting,
race-like style of driving, making the
normally elastic engine suspension hard
and particularly resistant. This retains
all the motoring comfort of the GT3
in everyday traffic, while on the race
track the car is not affected by any mass
forces coming from the engine, as would
otherwise be the case in fast bends and
on winding tracks.
Yet a further advantage is the car’s
improved traction when accelerating from
a standstill.
Another feature also new on the
new model is the optional lift system for
the front axle able to raise the ground
clearance of the car for driving on bumpy
surfaces or steep gradients – for example
into an underground garage – at the
touch of a button by 30 millimetres or
almost 1.2”.
The Euro base price of the new GT3 is
Euro 98,100, in Germany the retail price
including value-added tax and specific
national features is Euro 116,947. In the
USA the GT3 will be at the dealership in
October at a price of US$112,200.
12 tips
KEPENTINGAN
MINYAK BREK
Untuk menjaga dan menyelenggara
kenderaan tidak semudah seperti membeli
kenderaan. Tidak kira anda membeli apapun
jenis kereta, anda masih perlu menjaganya
dengan sebaik yang mungkin bagi menjamin
prestasi dan keselamatannya ke tahap yang
optimum. Antara komponen utama dalam
sesebuah kenderaan ialah minyak brek
(brake fluid).
Bilakah kali terakhir anda menukar
minyak brek anda? Jika jawapan anda sudah
agak lama ataupun anda sendiri tidak ingat,
kini sudah tiba masanya anda menukar
minyak brek kenderaan anda.
Minyak brek berfungsi sebagai daya
tekanan kepada seluruh bahagian brek
apabila anda menekan pedal brek. Jumlah
minyak brek pasti akan berkurang dan
anda tahu anda perlu mengisi minyak brek
untuk mengelakkan kehausan melampau
pada komponen brek dan kegagalan
sistem brek. Namun adakah anda
tahu sekerap manakah anda perlu
menukar minyak brek kenderaan
anda itu?
Keselamatan brek
adalah salah satu
perkara penting
dalam penjagaan
kenderaan.
Menurut pakar
kenderaan dari
negara eropah,
minyak brek
di dalam
kenderaan
biasa akan
hilang
keupayaannya
kurang dari dua
tahun itu pun
bergantung pada
cuaca sesebuah negara.
Hal ini demikian kerana
minyak brek menyerap lembapan melalui
system hidrolik.
Apabila brek digunakan semasa
kenderaan dalam keadaan yang berat seperti
menunda lori besar ataupun memandu
menaiki atau menuruni curam yang tinggi,
jika lembapan dalam minyak brek kurang
atau melebihi daripada tahap kepanasan
yang di benarkan mengukut “DOT” minyak
tersebut akan menyebabkan minyak brek
meruap serta system brek menjadi kurang
berkesan atau kegagalan.
Bukan sahaja minyak brek boleh
meruap, malah ia juga boleh
membeku. Oleh yang
demikian, adalah penting
untuk minyak brek
berada dalam
suhu yang stabil.
Lembapan yang
berlebihan pada
minyak brek yang
menggunakan
system anti-lock
braking (ABS)
akan menambahkan
lagi masalah pada
kenderaan. Sekiranya
rosak, komponen ABS adalah
agak mahal untuk diganti.
Ternyata apa juga perkara yang
bersangkut paut dengan brek kenderaan anda
adalah sangat penting kerana ia melibatkan
keselamatan anda dan juga keluarga anda.
Jika anda masih lagi memandu kenderaan
yang sudah berusia lebih dari 10 tahun, oleh
itu anda perlulah lebih menitikberatkan
lagi soal penjagaan kenderaan anda itu agar
sentiasa berada dalam keadaan yang bagus
dan selamat untuk dipandu.
Untuk mengekalkan tahap minyak brek
yang sepatutnya di dalam silinder utama
tidak terkecuali. Anda perlu memeriksa tahap
minyak brek setiap kali anda menukar minyak
enjin kenderaan anda. Semasa pemeriksaan,
mekanik anda akan memastikan tahap
minyak brek mencukupi, drum serta cakera
brek, bearing tayar, anti-lock brakes (ABS)
dan system brek kecemasan semuanya berada
dalam keadaan yang baik serta selamat untuk
digunakan.
Namun begitu, berapa kerapkah
anda perlu menukar minyak brek anda?
Sebenarnya, penukaran minyak brek yang
disarankan ialah setiap 18 bulan ataupun
setiap 20,000 kilometer yang mana dahulu.
Fahamkan dengan jelas minyak brek yang
sesuai mengikut “DOT” seperti yang di
sarankan mengikut spesifikasi kenderaan
anda, Di negara ini minyak brek yang
disarankan adalah dari “DOT 3 ATAU DOT
4” bagi kenderaan ringan seperti kenderaan
penumpang persendirian..
Jadi, tunggu apa lagi. Jika anda sudah
lama tidak menukar minyak brek anda,
lakukanlah dengan secepat mungkin demi
keselamatan anda dan juga keluarga anda.
Ingatlah orang yang tersayang...
tips 13
FUNGSI PENGHADANG JALAN
Ramai yang mungkin tidak
peduli atau ambil pusing
malahan langsung tidak
pernah meneliti kewujudan
besi penghadang jalan yang
sering dilihat di tepi dan
tengah jalan raya atau lebuh
raya kerana beranggapan ia
sebagai memenuhi spesifikasi
pembinaan jalan raya.
Namun, kita akan
berasa lega dan menyedari
fungsi sebenar penghadang
jalan apabila melihat atau
terlibat dalam kemalangan.
Ketika itu ayat yang sering
diungkapkan adalah “nasib
baik ada penghadang jalan,
kalau tidak pasti terbabas”.
Secara amnya,
penghadang jalan
mempunyai jangka hayat
25 hingga 30 tahun dan ia
dibuat daripada besi keluli
lembut yang dibaluti salutan zink dengan
keanjalan yang bersesuaian dengan keperluan
spesifikasi pembinaan jalan raya.
Bagaimanapun, selalunya penghadang
jalan raya hanya mampu bertahan kurang
dari jangka hayat yang ditentukan kerana ia
sering rosak dan patah serta terpaksa diganti
dek kerana hentaman yang kuat akibat
kemalangan jalan raya.
Secara umum, kepingan penghadang jalan
yang digunakan di negara ini mempunyai
ketebalan tiga milimeter dan setiap keping
penghadang sepanjang empat meter itu
memiliki sifat keanjalan yang tidak terlalu
keras atau terlalu lembut.
Kelebihan sifatnya itu menjadikan ia
bahan yang sesuai untuk melambatkan
momentum kemalangan sekaligus
mengurangkan impak kemalangan serta
mengurangkan risiko kecederaan serius
terhadap pengguna.
Terdapat beberapa fungsi utama
penghadang jalan antaranya adalah:
1. Mengelakkan kenderaan daripada
terbabas dan menyimpang ke tempat lain
sehingga menyebabkan kemalangan.
2. Penghadang tengah berfungsi
menghalang kenderaan terbabas ke laluan
yang bertentangan.
3. Mengarahkan kenderaan selari dengan
aliran trafik untuk mengurangkan bahaya
dilanggar kenderaan lain.
4. Mengurangkan impak yang teruk pada
kenderaan akibat kemalangan.
Jika diperhatikan dengan teliti,
penghadang jalan mempunyai lekuk berbentuk
‘W’ dan bentuk yang sama juga boleh dilihat di
negara selain Malaysia.
Bentuk berkenaan
dipersetujui sebagai piawaian
di seluruh dunia dan ia tidak
direka sedemikian rupa
sesuka hati. Rasionalnya,
sekira berlakunya kemalangan
bertahap rendah dan sederhana,
lekukan di permukaan
penghadang itu akan
‘menangkap’ bumber kenderaan
supaya ia terus melekat pada
penghadang tersebut sekaligus
menghalang kenderaan
terbabas atau menggelunsur.
Bagaimanapun, penghadang
jalan tidak mampu menampung
hentaman yang kuat terutama
dari kenderaan berat seperti
bas dan lori. Namun, sekurangkurangnya ia boleh membantu
mengurangkan keadaan
menjadi lebih buruk dan
kecederaan yang lebih parah.
Antara kawasan yang mempunyai
penghadang jalan adalah:
1. Tepi gaung atau kawasan sepanjang
pinggir bukit yang bercerun.
2. Jalan atau lebuh raya yang dibina
berhampiran dengan kawasan lembab dan
berair seperti tasik dan kawasan paya.
3. Kawasan berdekatan tapak kerja
pemotongan bukit, gunung atau terdapat
kerja-kerja pemecahan batu.
Tetapi, perlu diingatkan tidak semua
pinggir jalan perlu dipasang dengan
penghadang jalan kerana terdapat kawasan
yang tidak memerlukan struktur besi
berkenaan.
14 tips
SISTEM AUDIO GANGGUAN
PEMANDUAN
Memiliki sistem audio yang canggih,
hebat, moden serta mampu mengeluarkan
bunyian yang menggegarkan adalah impian
bagi kebanyakan pemilik kereta zaman kini
terutama sekali bagi golongan muda yang
gemar mengubahsuai kenderaan mereka.
Bukan itu sahaja, dengan cara memasang
peralatan berkenaan menggantikan sistem
audio biasa, ia akan mendatangkan kebanggaan
dan keseronokan yang tidak terperi kepada
pemiliknya kerana semakin bising bunyi
yang dikeluarkan, semakin mereka mendapat
perhatian daripada orang sekeling.
Sehubungan dengan itu, bagi mememuhi
kehendak serta permintaan bagi segelintir
golongan berkenaan, terdapat pelbagai
kedai aksesori kenderaan yang menawarkan
berbagai jenis sistem audio terkini sehingga
mencipta satu persaingan dari aspek produk
dan juga jenama. Tetapi, hendaklah diingatkan
bahawa biarpun sistem audio yang ditawarkan
mempunyai jenama dan jenis yang didakwa
terbaik dan tercanggih, ia masih buruk terhadap
pemanduan sekiranya ia disalahgunakan.
Bunyi audio yang kuat berpotensi
meransang naluri pemandu untuk menjadi lebih
agresif dan memungkinkan mereka memandu
secara melulu selain cenderung menekan
pedal minyak lebih laju tanpa menghiraukan
kemungkinan yang bakal dihadapai bagi diri
sendiri serta pengguna jalan raya yang lain.
Ini dapat dilihat apabila pemandu
kenderaan tersebut akan menjadi lebih berani
untuk memecut atau memandu dengan lebih
laju disebabkan kerana pengaruh bunyi enjin
yang biasanya menderu kuat. Apabila kelajuan
jelas bertambah, ia tidak lagi kedengaran
kerana sistem audio yang terlalu kuat melebihi
bunyi enjin yang menderu.
lebih memburukkan keadaan lagi apabila
pemandu mungkin tidak sedar jika terlanggar
sesuatu di jalan raya dan tidak menghiraukan
sebarang akibat buruk yang disebabkan
pelanggaran tersebut.
Ini dapat dibuktikan apabila satu
penyelidikan pernah dijalankan dinegara barat
membabitkan penggunaan sistem audio yang
canggih dan kuat oleh sekumpulan pakar
keselamatan jalan raya dan hasil mendapati
sistem audio yang canggih dan bising ini
mampu mendatangkan kesan buruk kepada
pemandunya.
Secara asasnya mengikut pandangan yang
jelas serta pendengaran yang teliti, sebarang
perubahan yang berlaku dipersekitaran atau
pada kenderaan perlu dititikberatkan serta
diberi keutamaan
di sepanjang
pemanduan.
Tidak salah
jika ingin memiliki
sebuah sistem
audio yang canggih
untuk mengikut
peredaran
zaman dan gaya
semasa, namun
keselamatan
sewaktu
pemanduan adalah
perkara paling
penting perlu
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18
18 new car
Chana Era CM8
mpv. It’s cheap, has
three rows of seats
for seven people
and it looks pretty
decent. What more
could you ask for.
By Harris Iskandar Taib
7-SEATER FOR A SONG
The launch of the new Chana Era CM8
mpv has certainly rocked the boat as far
as the seven-seater market in Malaysia is
concerned.
Over the last couple of months, there
has been plenty of news about the new
Proton mpv that is expected to hit the
market sometime April, Perodua too is
working on the release of a similar model,
and models like the Nissan Grand Livina
has also hit a home run with a well-priced
and positioned offering.
This is where the Era made a lot of
heads turn. For one, very few people
knew that there was even such a model
being assembled locally, and when it
was eventually launched recently, the price
looked downright unbelievable.
You see the current Grand Livina sells
for more than RM80,000, the new Proton is
said to be somewhere between RM70,000 and
RM80,000, and the cheapest second hand
mpv you can lay your hands on in the market
today would be the nineties-manufactured
Mazda mpv that commands an asking price
of anything from RM14,000 to as high as
RM30,000. For under or approximately
RM30,000 in the second hand mpv market,
you could also get an earlier generation
Toyota Estima, a Kia Carnival, the Suzuki
ERV or APV, Fiat Ulysse, Citroen Evasion,
Renault Espace, Volkswagen Sharan, or a
Proton Juara.
A brand new, and
I repeat this, a brand
new seven-seater Era,
sells for an on-the-road,
with insurance price of
RM38,888 (Standard,
solid), RM39,368
(Standard, metallic),
RM43,888 (Premium,
solid) and RM44,368
(Premium, metallic).
The Chana Era, a
vehicle assembled by
Changan Berjaya Auto
Sdn Bhd, is powered by
a Suzuki 1.3-litre fourcylinder 16-valve engine
rated at 80bhp. It has
a maximum torque of
102Nm, a top speed of
135km/h and is only
available as a five-speed
new car 19
manual.
Now in order to really appreciate
what I would dare declare as the cheapest
brand new mpv that you can buy today,
you really have to put things into
perspective.
It’s quite clear that the Era is not built
for speed. It’s a 1.3-litre and it has a top
speed rating of 135km/h. That is however,
well above the national speed limit of
110km/h and besides, why would you
want to drive an mpv any faster especially
when you have the entire family to be
concerned of.
The Era is also equipped with twin
airbags, front disc and rear drum brakes,
ABS and EBD, with anti-collision safety
bars in the front and back. Other items
include electric windows for the front,
central locking, a six-speaker sound
system and adjustable steering tilt.
With seatbelts now compulsory for
rear passengers, the second hand value of
older generation mpvs have also shot-up
by a couple of thousand ringgit. Yes the
authorities will not penalize you if you
have more than five passengers in the car
but we can really do without the surmon
and the hassle of being pulled over for a
check and chat.
The Era offers an affordable solution
with three rows of seats enough for seven
and features sliding doors on both sides of
the vehicle and beat this, individual airconditioning blowers for passengers in the
second and third row seats.
As far as reservations of the Era
originating from China is concerned, it’s
reassuring that the engine is Suzuki, a
brand that scores high marks in terms of
reliability and fuel economy.
And by the way, even offerings like
new Mitsubishi-powered Chery Eastar
mpv - priced at RM79,888 for the
standard version and RM86,888 for the
high-spec version - has been well received
by Malaysian families.
While Chinese car manufacturers
have been enormously criticized for
its build quality and finishing, I would
reflect on the Era’s price before I am
even tempted to compare it to the more
pricy offerings in the market. Frankly
everything looks in place and so long as
everything works and the car remains
reliable, buyers will more than likely to be
more than forgiving.
In all fairness, the market has seen
worse offerings for a vehicle of the same
price or much more.
And if you talk about depreciation or
second hand value over the years to come,
it won’t be as near bad as the experience
of buying a RM150,000 mpv that you
can hardly offload in today’s market for
RM25,000 in just after eight years.
As far as styling and size goes, at
a glance, the Era’s front styling bares
strong resemblance to the popular Toyota
Alphard although it is no where near as
big. It seats seven people so what more
could you ask for.
In terms of luggage space, any
shortage of it can be easily mitigated by
fitting a roof box which is quite common
on mpvs and cars these days and widely
available in various shape, sizes and
prices in the local accessories market.
Conclusion
Under RM40,000 for a full seven-seater.
That’s precisely the wow factor that
I expect will make the all new Era CM8
mpv a hit with families in the Malaysian
market.
It’s a functional and practical offering
for those on a very tight budget.
If you can afford better, by all means
go ahead.
20 tips
last line of defense in terms of determining the
vehicle’s legality.
Low mileage. There are several ways of
detecting whether or not the odometer is telling
you the truth. Look at the interior to see if the
wear corresponds to the mileage. Check the
undercarriage of the vehicle, look at the brake
discs, tyres, exhaust to see if it corresponds with
the declared mileage. For many modern cars, you
can also conduct a full computer diagnostics to
check for any error codes.
The used car market is a very tempting one these
days with an abundance of vehicles to choose from
and at such extremely attractive prices.
In the midst of all that excitement and the
temptation of laying your hands on a real bargain,
here’s a checklist we’ve prepared we hope will
assist you in making that all-important purchase.
PUSPAKOM check. It has become
compulsory for all cars sold today to undergo an
inspection at PUSPAKOM. Cars are checked
for the authenticity of its engine and chassis
numbers, and to ensure that the vehicles are have
not been cut and joined. This is regarded as the
Always insist on a test drive. If there’s
something wrong with the vehicle it is very likely
that it will reveal itself when you drive it. Run a
series of self checks; braking gradually, braking
hard, full lock turning to the left and right side
respectively, changing up and down through all
the gears, leave it idling for a while to check the
engine temperature reading, switch on the airconditioning, test all the power windows, central
locking and alarm system, take it up to highway
speeds, accelerating from a standstill, drive over
uneven patches on the road, drive up a small hill if
you must, etc. Feel how the car behaves or reacts,
sense for elements such as strong vibrations,
noises, and listen to the engine to make sure it
doesn’t sound rough or awkward.
BUYING A USED CAR
tips 21
Vehicle evaluation. Bring along someone
technical or a mechanic. The best is always to
have an expert with you for a second opinion,
be it a mechanic or a bodywork specialist
who will be able to assess if the engine and
transmission is in good shape, and that the
vehicle is indeed accident free. AAM also offers
a vehicle evaluation service, whereby the vehicle
is comprehensively checked and assessed. This
service is available to both members and nonmembers.
Documentation. Make sure that all
the documentation is in order and that the
vehicle is legally registered and owned. Is
the vehicle blacklisted. You can easily do this
online by visiting the RTD and Police websites
or you can check at the nearest RTD office or
Traffic Police station. Ask for the PUSPAKOM
vehicle inspection report. Look at the vehicle’s
registration card and double check against the
vehicle. Check the engine and chassis numbers.
If the vehicle has had its original engine
changed, has it or can it be endorsed by the Road
Transport Department. If buying an imported
vehicle, ask for a copy of the approved permit, the
Customs declaration form and the proof of the
import duty being paid.
Warranty & Claims. Some used cars and
individual owners will offer a limited warranty
on the vehicle you’re buying. It is advisable to get
this pledge in writing stating what the warranty
is for and for how long. While it is perfectly
understandable that with all used cars there will
be a degree of repairs to be done, it is however,
unfair to have a major components like the
engine or transmission giving way in the first few
days of your purchase.
Pricing and payment. Once both the seller
and buyer has agreed on the purchase price, the
buyer is required to make a deposit or booking
fee for the vehicle, unless of course you are
making a full cash transaction. Get a receipt for
the payment you have made. Be careful because
there have
Repairs required. You are buying a second
hand and not a brand new vehicle so expect to
carry out some repairs or to replace wear and
tear components. Ask the seller what needs to be
repaired and don’t be afraid to tell him/her that
you don’t mind footing the bill for the repairs.
As an example, if the vehicle engine runs on a
timing belt, ask when was the belt last changed
and what the change interval is. It is better to
know that the belt has never been changed than
to drive it the first week thinking that it has, only
to have the belt snap on you and subsequently
requiring an overhaul of the engine. Some
vehicles also have a full service history which is a
plus point.
Don’t overly criticize a vehicle and risk
offending the seller/owner. You should always
haggle to get a good price but avoid the tactic
of overly criticizing one’s vehicle in doing so.
Remember, you are buying a second hand and not
a brand new vehicle. You may risk offending the
owner/seller. Be sensitive. If you find the vehicle
unacceptable to your standards, just walk away.
If you like it, negotiate with the seller as best you
can.
Deal with reputable dealers/sellers.
There are a lot of used car dealers and the market
is flooded with second hand vehicles. Before
you conduct any transaction, make sure you
are comfortable with the dealership. The more
prominent ones should generally be a safe bet,
otherwise try to minimize your risks for instance
evaluating the dealership’s location – are there
a lot of used cars at the lot, is the dealership
located on a permanent site, does his/her sales
pitch and processes appear professional, putting
a small booking fee (one that you can afford to
lose in the event things turn sour), etc. There
have also been cases of dealers accepting a
booking fee from more than one buyer. It is
either they managed to get a higher price from
the second buyer or they intend to sell the car
to the first purchaser who obtains a bank loan.
In the case of the former, the dealer may ask
you to top up the difference the other buyer was
prepared to pay for the vehicle. This practice is
unethical and one which you as a consumer can
take up with the Consumer’s Tribunal. If you’re
dealing with an individual seller, make sure
transactions are accompanied with the full set
of required documentation, receipts and a letter
of sale.
Shop around. Take your time and search
for the car you intend to buy. Unless what you’re
looking to buy is a rare or collector’s car, it’s
very likely the same model is widely available
in the market being sold by either individuals
or dealers. Some vehicles of the same make,
model and year may fare better than others.
Don’t rush into buying until you’re absolutely
comfortable at the vehicle you’re looking at. Your
reference to finding the car of your desire will
be through visiting dealerships, looking through
newspaper, online and magazine classifieds, and
by recommendation from others.
22 preview of the malaysian grand prix
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN
GRAND PRIX
RACE PREVIEW
f
AST
ACTS
GRAND PRIX
Circuit Length:
5.543km
Corners:
15
Straights:
8
Longest Straight: 927.543
metres
Number of Laps:
56 laps
Race Length: 310.408km
Fastest Race Lap: (2004)
Juan Pablo Montoya/BMW
Williams - 1min:34.223 sec
2008 World Champion:
Lewis Hamilton
2008 World Constructor’s
Champion:
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
There will certainly be a lot of attention on
reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton
when the 2009 Formula One World
Championship kicks off.
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
driver had demonstrated great maturity
behind the wheel last season although just
managing to clinch the driver’s title by a
whisker when it all came down to the last
race of the season.
For Formula One’s most critical
observers and enthusiasts, the biggest
question mark of course will be whether
Hamilton can maintain his performance of
if last year’s win was merely the element
of luck.
Bet your last dollar that the Ferraris
of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen
will be amongst the front runners. Massa
of course out to make up for last year’s
disappointment while Raikkonen eager
to bounce back after a disastrous season
marred by inconsistencies.
Consistency of course was what
had propelled BMW Sauber F1 to a
triumphant 2008 season.
The race at Sepang has always been
known to be one of the most challenging
on the World Championship calendar.
It’s a race where weather conditions
can abruptly change from hot and humid
to cloudy skies and intermittent rain.
The track itself is an interesting mix
of fast and slow corners. Slower sections
require exceptional grip for accelerating
out of a turn, whereas high stability or
enhanced down force is a pre-requisite to
tackling the two very long straights.
Teams have said that the predominant
handling characteristics at Sepang is
oversteer due to its relatively bumpy track
and with the combination of high and low
speed corners, it is the case of trying to get
as much mechanical traction as possible.
Extremely high track temperatures
also make it demanding on the cooling
package employed by teams on the cars,
the brakes and especially the tyres.
With five wins from a total of 10 races
in Sepang since the first Malaysian Grand
Prix in 1999, Ferrari has a 50 per cent
chance of winning.
preview of the malaysian grand prix 23
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2008
Felipe Massa’s pole position at
Sepang for the second successive
year paved the way for an allFerrari front row, but it was team
mate Kimi Raikkonen who shot
into the lead into the first corner.
McLaren drivers Heikki
Kovalainen and current world
champion Lewis Hamilton
started the race from third
and fourth places on the grid
respectively but were later
penalized by the stewards for
impeding on BMW Sauber’s Nick
Heidfeld and Renault’s Fernando
Alonso. Kovalainen regained track
position to finish third in the race.
A driver error eventually
sent Massa into retirement with
Robert Kubica of BMW Sauber
capitalizing to finish second 20
seconds behind the race winner.
MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX PAST WINNERS
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
Eddie Irvine
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Ralf Schumacher
Kimi Raikkonen
Michael Schumacher
Fernando Alonso
Giancarlo Fisichella
Fernando Alonso
Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari
Ferrari
Ferrari
BMW-Williams
McLaren
Ferrari
Renault
Renault
McLaren
Ferrari
24 preview of the malaysian grand prix
MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX 2008 TOP 10 FINISHERS
1. Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari Malboro 2. Robert Kubica BMW Sauber F1 Team 1 hour 31 minutes 18.555s
1’31:38.125s
3. Heikki Kovalainen Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1’31:57.005s
4. Jarno Trulli
Panasonic Toyota Racing 1’32:04.387s
5. Lewis Hamilton
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1’32:05.103s
6. Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber F1 Team 1’32:08.388s
7. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1’32:26.685s
8. Fernando Alonso
ING Renault F1 Team 1’32:28.596s
9. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1’32:34.775s
10. Jenson Button Honda Racing F1 Team 1’32:44.769s
Did Not Finish
1. Sebastian Vettel 2. Felipe Massa 3. Adrian Sutil 4. Timo Glock 5. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso
Scuderia Ferrari Malboro
Force India F1 Team
Panasonic Toyota Racing
Scuderia Toro Rosso
MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX PAST POLE POSITIONS
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Fernando Alonso
Michael Schumacher
Fernando Alonso
Giancarlo Fisichella
Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa
Ferrari
Ferrari
Ferrari
Ferrari
Renault
Ferrari
Renault
Renault
Ferrari
Ferrari
preview of the malaysian grand prix 25
a lap of sepang with
JENSON BUTTON &
FERNANDO ALONSO
A long fourth gear 230km/h corner
then leads into the difficult 3rd gear
140km/h corner which has a very difficult
entry. The next left-hand curve is taken
extremely fast in 5th gear at 250km/h
before braking for the penultimate corner
which is taken in 2nd gear at around
115km/h.
On the back straight I will reach very
similar speed to the pit straight before
braking hard for the final corner, which
is taken in 2nd gear at just over 80km/h.
This leads back on to the pit straight
where I will cross the finish line at
around 265km/h.
JENSON BUTTON
At the end of the pit straight I will reach
around 300km/h in 6th gear before
braking hard for the first turn taken in
second gear at around 75km/h.
Very shortly after this is another
slightly slower second gear left-hand
corner taken at under 70km/h. From
here, I accelerate through the next righthand corner which is taken flat up to
around 285km/h in top gear.
From here I have to brake down to
second gear and 105km/h for the next
right-hand corner. The long left-hand
corner following this is taken in fourth
gear. The first part at around 250km/h
and then slightly losing speed down to
230km/h with the car being stabilised
with just a little bit of left foot braking.
This corner is immediately followed
by a right hand curve, again taken in
4th gear at a very similar speed, before
accelerating on the short straight up to
5th gear to 275km/h, then braking again
to third gear and 170km/h for the next
right-hand corner. Another similar short
straight where I will get into 5th gear
and about 280km/h leads to the very
tight left hand 1st gear corner taken at
just over 70km/h.
FERNANDO ALONSO
Sepang is perhaps the most difficult
circuit of the year, and it is certainly one
of the most technical. With this I mean
that your car needs to be strong in every
area: all the important corners tend to
be high-speed, so you need a perfect car
balance and good aerodynamics.
The track itself has a lot of rhythm,
one corner leads you to the next one and
it is not hard on the brakes; it is all about
keeping the momentum through the
corners.
Physically the track is very
demanding; it’s extremely hot and
humid, which makes it particularly
tough for the driver. There are many
corners that I love here and that can give
you a lot of lap time if driven correctly.
Turn Five and Six is the high speed
section and very exciting. It is taken
in fifth or sixth gear and when the
car is well balanced, with enough front
wing and not too much understeer, it
is beautiful to come out of Turn Six
extremely fast.
Then there is also the very slow corner
of Turn Nine, this a good test of the
traction on the car; if you have a good car
coming out of there you will accelerate
very quickly until Turn 11. At this corner
you need good support from the rear
suspension.
The tyres are under a lot of strain here
as well, and not only because of the heat
but also the asphalt is quite old now. As a
result it has broken up over the years, so
every year it gets harder and harder on
the tyres.
26 preview of the malaysian grand prix
f
AST
ACTS
• The Malaysian Grand Pris is so tough on the drivers that
the incredible heat and humidity can cause them to lose up
to 3.5 to 4.0 litres of fluid. Drivers often find themselves in a
cockpit environment that can be over 50 degrees centigrade, a
situation where dehydration will occur.
260 hectares of oil palm plantation.
• Construction of the Sepang International Circuit and the
staging of the first Malaysian Grand Prix in 1998 broke
Japan’s monopoly over Formula One in Asia. Malaysia is the
first country in South East Asia to have a Formula 1 track.
• The Sepang F1 Circuit, from aerial view, signifies a hibiscus,
the national flower of Malaysia. With a 30,000 capacity, the
unique double-frontage main grandstand has a roof that
resembles a banana leaf.
• The Sepang F1 Circuit was designed by renowned German
designer Hermann Tilke of Tilke Engineering from Aachen,
Germany working with local company Iktisas Ingenieurs.
Tilke went on to design the new F1 tracks in Shanghai,
Bahrain and Turkey.
• After the first race in 1999, the Sepang F1 Circuit was
unanimously voted as the world’s ‘most challenging’ track by
F1 drivers.
• The Sepang F1 Circuit built by WCT Engineering
Berhad, the lead member of a joint venture involving WCT
Engineering Berhad, Ahmad Zaki Resources Berhad and
Murray & Roberts (M) Sdn Bhd, was completed in a record
time of 14 months. Construction began in September 1997 and
was completed in December 1998.
• Over nine million cubic metres of earth were moved on the
115,000m² site during the construction of what was essentially
• The first ever racing event held at the Sepang F1 Circuit
was the PROTON 300km Merdeka Race that was staged in
December 1998.
• A study by Universiti Malaya in 1999 revealed that the
first ever running of the race in Malaysia saw some RM500
million infused into the economy, gains of which were largely
tourism-related. The main contributors were overseas
visitors who spent RM444.2 million; while local visitors
spent RM18.1 million, F1 participants RM29.9 million,
and Sepang International Circuit (SIC), the manager of
the track, RM53.04 million. This brings the grand total to
RM545 million, with shopping taking up RM110.8 million,
accommodation RM89.4 million and food and drinks RM85.3
million.
preview of the malaysian grand prix 27
2009 FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Round 5
Round 6
Round 7
Round 8
Round 9
Round 10
Round 11
Round 12
Round 13
Round 14
Round 15
Round 16
Round 17
Round 18
29 March
5 April
19 April
26 April
10 May
24 May
7 June
21 June
28 June
12 July
26 July
23 August
30 August
13 September
27 September
4 October
18 October
1 November
Australia
Malaysia
China
Bahrain
Spain
Monaco
Turkey
United Kingdom
France
Germany
Hungary
Europe
Belgium
Italy
Singapore
Japan
Brazil
United Arab Emirates
Melbourne
Sepang
Shanghai
Sakhir
Barcelona
Monaco
Istanbul
Silverstone
Magny Cours
Nurburgring
Budapest
Valencia
Spa
Monza
Singapore
Fuji
Sao Paulo
Abu Dhabi
2009 FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER LINE-UP
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Felipe Massa Kimi Raikkonen
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton
Heikki Kovalainen
BMW Sauber F1
Robert Kubica
Nick Heidfeld
ING Renault F1
Fernando Alonso
Nelson Piquet Jr.
Panasonic Toyota Racing
Jarno Trulli
Timo Glock
Scuderia Torro Rosso
Sebastien Buemi
Red Bull Racing
Mark Webber
Sebastian Vettel
Williams F1
Nico Rosberg
Kazuki Nakajima
Force India
Giancarlo Fisichella
Adrian Sutil
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A1 team malaysia supports
PLUS ROTAX MAX
MALAYSIA CHALLENGE
A1 Team Malaysia was delighted to
support the launch of the PLUS Rotax
Max Malaysia Karting Challenge at the
PLUS Expressways HQ in Subang at the
weekend. PLUS, a long term A1 Team
Malaysia partner, is title sponsor of the
karting championship which is recognised
as an important foundation for Malaysia ’s
young racing talent.
Aaron Lim, one of the A1 Team
Malaysia drivers, is still very much
involved in the karting industry,
coaching a number of young karters.
He said of the PLUS involvement in the
Rotax Max Challenge, “It is great that
PLUS is putting its support behind this
championship, as karting plays such a key
role in the development of young racing
talent in Malaysia . Being involved with
grassroots motorsport which is where the
foundations for racing are laid, will help
Malaysia to find and nurture young talent
at an early age. We need to help these
promising karters reach their potential
and move on to single seater racing. They
will then be in a position to start snapping
at the heels of Fairuz and myself, which
is important for the future success of both
our team and Malaysian motorsport.”
The involvement of PLUS in the
motorsport industry is aimed at promoting
karting to the public and making the
sport accessible to the masses. It is also
in answer to the Government’s call for
the private sector to provide youths with
a healthier lifestyle, which motorsport
provides in a controlled and safe
environment. In addition, it fulfills the
long-term goal of PLUS to produce future
highway drivers who are more disciplined,
skillful, responsible and well-versed in
defensive driving.
Khalilah Talha, General Manager
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“Through go-karting, young drivers will
be exposed to safe driving techniques,
defensive driving skills and learn to
respect their limits. This will in the long
run increase safety and our roads and
highways.”
The opening round of the PLUS Rotax
Max Malaysia Karting Challenge was
held at the Plus Speedway in Subang
Jaya, over the weekend. Through this
championship, the best karters will
compete to represent Malaysia in the
Rotax Max Challenge World Finals
2009. Winners from the weekend’s
first event were Mohammad Afiq in the
Senior category, Brendan Seibl in the
MicroMax category, Nizam Roland in the
Masters category, Fei Hoong (DD2), and
Muhammad Nabil in the Junior category.
A1 Team Malaysia and the A1GP
World Cup of Motorsport will visit the
Algarve for the sixth round of racing in
five weeks time, with the Autodromo
Internacional do Algarve hosting the series
for the first time.
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MID-SEASON BLUES FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA
A1 Team Malaysia is currently seventh overall in
the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport as the series
heads to the midpoint of the season.
With six top 10 finishes from a total of eight
races so far, it has been the best start to a season
that the team has had so far.
The team had
picked up two
consolation points in
the most recent round
held in Taupo, New
Zealand after another
highly competitive
weekend of racing
that was not without
its dramas.
On the opening
day of the event,
during Friday
practice, there were braking issues for both rookie
driver Aaron Lim and main driver, Fairuz Fauzy.
A1GP had earlier anticipated that the new carbon
brake discs would have the necessary performance
level for five race weekends, but Malaysia, as with
many other teams, found that this wasn’t the case.
motorsport 31
The lap times posted by both drivers were
undoubtedly affected by the brakes, but chief
engineer, Alan Mugglestone also explains:
“The first day on track was overshadowed
by our braking problems, but we were also
experimenting with different styles of set-up
and not fine tuning the car for outright speed.
In addition, we didn’t have the speed in the first
sector, but were able to work on this once data
from the quickest lap was available to us.”
The Taupo track characteristic that offered
limited overtaking opportunities certainly came
to the fore in both races. Fairuz also did not have
the best of starts in either the Sprint or Feature
event, and setbacks encountered during pitstop
also denied the team of a better result.
“There’s no need for excuses. The facts
we’ve analysed show that to be at the top
you need everything working perfectly. In
Taupo it didn’t quite come together for us,”
said Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive of
A1 Team Malaysia.
“Some of this was of our own making
and at other times it was outside of our
control. When you are able to calmly and
thoroughly review each session, it’s clear
that we still have further improvements to
make and like all the teams we strive for
this at every opportunity.
“One of the challenges we face that
impacts on this is budget. We’re not the
team with the biggest budget and this is
not ideal.
“I also think we need to put our
performance in perspective. Last season
we were struggling to score any points or
finish in the top 10, but this season we’re
not willing to accept that level of results,
adding to the pressure we put on ourselves
and the need to be on top of our game in
every session. As we have improved, so have
the other teams, with the gaps between
us and our rival nations becoming tighter
and tighter, which also makes it so much
harder.”
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Its time to take away a gift for you and your friend.
When you introduce a friend to AAM and your friend signs up as an AAM member, each
of you is eligible to one of our redemption gifts. A new range of redemption gifts has been
specially designed for the 2009 Member Get Member. Help a friend to enjoy the
numerous benefits of being an AAM member and in return two of you will be rewarded
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1. This programme is open to all valid and current members only. Starts from 15th January 2009 until
30th June 2009.
2. Both introducer and new member will receive one (1) voucher upon the payment of RM125.00
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Lady’s card and RM100.00 (inclusive of RM25.00 for entrance fee and RM75.00 is annual fee) for
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50400 Kuala Lumpur.
9. AAM also reserve the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the membership promotion and / or
matters not covered by the rules and regulations in the interpretation of each rule. AAM’s decision is final
and binding.
www.aam.org.my
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Membership Application Form
Yes, I would like to apply for my AAM card (Please tick (
A1 Team.
Malaysia
Shape Lady’s
Card
Member
Ordinary
Get M
ember
15 Jan u
ary
2009
) where applicable)
Basic
- 30 J
une 2009
Vehicles and Driving Licence Particular Update
NRIC / Passport No
Car Registration No.
Road Tax Expiry Date
Make/ Model/ Year/ CC
Full Name
D.O.B.
Driving Licence No:
Gender:
Male
Marital
Status:
Female
Single
Married
Nationality
Exp. Date:
Payment Advise
I submit payment RM (walk-in applicants only)
Address
[_____________________]
I enclose cheque / P. O No. [_________________] For [_______________]
Made Payable to ‘Automobile Association of Malaysia’ or ‘AAM’
Please Charge my credit / charge card
Tel: (H)
Tel: (Off)
Tel: (HP)
Tel: (Fax)
Amex
Diners
Visa
Mastercard
Cardholder’s
Name
Occupation
Card No.
E-mail
Exp. Date
A1 Team.Malaysia, Shape Lady’s Card & Ordinary Membership
Credit Card / Charge Card Continuous Authority
Entrance Fee (Compulsory)
RM25.00
Annual Fee (Principle) - A1 & Shape
RM100.00
Annual Fee (Principle) - Ordinary
RM75.00
Spouse Supplementary
RM50.00
Spouse’s Name
RM30.00
Child Supplementary (under 21 year old)
RM50.00
1. Child/s Name & D.O.B
(x...........) person
= RM.....................
Entrance Fee (Compulsory)
RM25.00
Annual Fee (Principle) - Basic
Cardholder’s Signature:
Date:
Member’s / Cardholder Acceptance
Applicant’s Signature:
Date:
(Signature to correspond with card account specimen signature)
First Car
RM75.00
Additional Car
RM75.00
*Driver’s Supplementary (*person employed as driver)
1. Driver’s Name:
RM50.00
RM30.00
2.
(x...........) person
= RM.....................
Registration of Additional Car (max 4 cars)
First 2 cars’ registration are FREE, please indicate your car
details in the vehicles & driving license particular update.
Introducer’s Particular (Introducer details is a must)
Full Name
2.
2. Driver’s Name:
RM50.00
RM30.00
(x...........) car
= RM.....................
Megapal PA Coverage (Optional)
Additional RM50,000 PA Coverage
RM25.00
Individual Plan / Family Plan
RM50.00
GRAND TOTAL
I hereby declare that, I wish to subscribe to the services by AAM and the above information is
true and accurate. I have read the terms and conditions as printed on this form and agree to be
bound by the same and amendments made thereto. I authorise you until further notice, to
charge my credit / charge card for the renewal or the replacement thereof, the sum of RM125
for A1 & Shape (RM25 entrance fee & RM100 annual fee) and RM100 for Ordinary & Basic
(RM25 entrance fee & RM75 annual fee) being the new member subcription fee, the renewal fee
(as defined under terms & conditions) or any other amounts that may become due the reunder.
I declare that the above information given is true and correct and this
appplication is subject to Association‘s rules and regulations.
Basic Card Membership
Vehicle No 1.
To avoid my AAM Membership / Card from being lapse, please
charge the renewal fee to credit / charge card indicated until
further written notice.
RM30.00
2. Child/s Name & D.O.B
Vehicle No 1.
Yes /
No
=RM
M/ship No.
Supplementary cardholder share the same expiry
date as the Principle members. AAM membership is
not transferable. Subscription paid is NOT refundable.
Only passenger-carrying vehicle can be registered.
AAM will not accept registration of commercial
vehicles such as lorry, van, taxi, etc, which are used
for carrying goods. Only ONE (1) copy of Drive
Magazine will be sent to Principle Ordinary member.
Supplementary cardholders do not have voting rights
during the AAM Annual General Meeting (AGM). The
registration for each driver is limited to two (2)
registered vehicle.
Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM)
Block E-7-4, Megan Avenue 1,
No. 189, Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 03-2162 5777 Fax : 03-2162 5358
Company / Agent Stamp Area
Voucher Code:
36 savemart
BLUOXY + NANODOR
T-REX: CH960E
(Steering Wheel Lock with LCD Pager)
Price
E.M :RM 388.90
W.M :RM 388.90
Price
E.M :RM 99.00
W.M :RM 99.00
TRAVEL BAG
AAM SHIRT
SHOE BAG
Price
Male :RM 110.00
Female :RM 100.00
Price
E.M :RM 30.00
W.M :RM 30.00
Price
E.M :RM 16.00
W.M :RM 16.00
STOPLOCK ORIGINAL
UMBRELLA
Price
E.M :RM 13.00
W.M :RM 13.00
Price
E.M :RM 204.00
W.M :RM 198.00
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MEDKLINN HAVEN
THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA
(HOME UNIT)
Block E-7-4 Megan Avenue 1, 189 Jln Tun Razak 50400 Kuala Lumpur
(To avoid duplication. please do not send in your order if you have already sent by fax)
Order by fax: 03-2162 7458 Inquiry: 03-2162 5777 (Marketing Dept)
EXCLUSIVE
ONLY FOR
AAM MEMBER
MAIL ODER FORM
NO
Price
E.M :RM 659.00
W.M :RM 659.00
MAX P ADVANCED AIR VACUUM SYSTEM
QTY ITEM
W/M
E/M
W/M
E/M
PRICE
PRICE DEL
DEL
COST COST
RM
RM
RM
RM
1 T-Rex (Model : CH-960E) Steering Wheel Lock 388.00
388.00 10.00 15.00
with LCD Pager
2 BluOxy + Nanodor
99.00
99.00
7.00
9.00
3 Medklinn Haven (Home Unit) – 659.00
659.00 10.00 15.00
Male - 110.00 Female – 100.00
4 AAM Shirt – EXCLUSIVE TO AAM MEMBERS
FOR NON MEMBER ALSO AVAILABLE*
7.00
9.00
5 Stoplock Original
198.00204.00 10.00 15.00
6 Stoplock Airbag212.00218.00 10.00 15.00
7 PG Sparkling Wax 400ml25.8027.80
7.00
9.00
8 Max P Advanced Air Vacuum System205.40205.40 3.00
7.00
9 AAM Umbrella
13.00
13.00
7.00
9.00
10 AAM Travel Bag
30.00
30.00
7.00
9.00
11 AAM Shoe Bag
16.00
16.00
7.00
9.00
PARTICULARS
Price
E.M :RM 205.40
W.M :RM 205.40
Name:
Membership No:
Delivery Address
Tel: (H) PG SPARKLING WAX
Price
E.M :RM 27.80
W.M :RM 25.80
(O)
Mobile
THIS CONTRACT IS SUBJECT TO A COOLING-OFF
PERIOD OF 14 WORKING DAYS
PAYMENT ADVICE
Enclosed is a cheque/draft/money order no:
For RM
payable to “Automobile Association Of Malaysia” or “AAM”
Charge full amount to my credit/charge card
STOPLOCK AIRBAG
VISA
AMEX
MASTERCARD
DINERS
ACC. NO
CARD EXPIRY DATE
Purchaser’s Signature
Price
E.M :RM 218.00
W.M :RM 212.00
Vendor’s Signature
Date of Order
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
1. Delivery will be made within 1 to 2 weeks from the acceptance of the orders.
2. Order is subject to stock availability.
3. Goods sold are not returnable
For more details, please log on to www.aam.org.my
38 news
the new
LOTUS 2010 EXIGE S
gets more muscle
The exciting new 2010 Model Year Lotus Exige
S sports a newly-designed front end, a new rear
wing, more power and greater performance for on
and off-track usage.
Unveiled at the recent 79th International
Geneva Motor Show, the Exige S also boasts
impressive emissions of just 199 g/km CO2, and
enhanced fuel economy of an impressive 8.5
litres/100 km on the Official European Combined
Cycle and a frugal 6.5 litres/100 km on the Official
European Extra Urban Cycle.
The new Exige S features several key changes
to enhance the look and improve aerodynamic
performance. A restyled front end and a new
rear wing not only reduces drag, but also gives a
more muscular stance enhancing the lightweight
shrink-wrapped look of the whole car. The
composite rear wing is based on the design from
the Exige GT3 road car concept shown at the
Geneva Motorshow in 2007.
Compared to the 2009 Model, the new Exige
S tailgate mounted wing is 181mm wider and
mounted 46mm higher and 61mm further back.
It is attached to the rear bodyshell clam via rear
end plates which not only increases the stiffness of
the whole structure but also ensures that as much
of the airflow as possible passes over the rear
wing. This careful airflow management increases
stability, reduces drag and, most importantly,
maintains the impressive downforce figures of 42
kg at 160km/h.
The restyled front end includes a larger, more
angular air intake mouth to help funnel more air
through the radiator, to improve the efficiency of
the engine system.
Since the Exige S2 was launched in 2004, the
power has increased from 190bhp through 220bhp
to 240bhp in standard road form – more for the
track centric
Exige Cup 260 - and the new larger air
intakes improve engine cooling for these current
higher powered Exige variants.
Mounted below the three new air intakes
is a new aerodynamic splitter made from a
lightweight composite, extending the splitter to
wrap around the whole of the front end while the
chiseled side lips are raised to deflect air around
the tyres to reduce drag.
The lightweight Exige has one of the highest
specific power outputs of any globally emissions
certified car and 133bhp per litre is a perfect
demonstration of Colin Chapman’s philosophy
of performance through light weight and of
Lotus’ relentless pursuit of efficiency. The same
technology that makes a lightweight car a high
performer also makes it efficient – how many cars
have performance figures of 0 – 100 km/h in 4.77
secs but produce only 199 g/km CO2?”
“The changes we have made to the Exige
for 2010 Model Year are quite subtle when
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taken individually, but taken as a complete
package they make significant improvements
to aerodynamics and the overall look of the car.
The Exige is a classic fit-for-purpose performance
machine, the design tweaks we have made have
reduced the drag, cleaned up the airflow around
the front and rear of the car, whilst retaining the
impressive balanced downforce figures, to give
an exciting high performance drive,” said Roger
Becker, Director of Vehicle Engineering.
The Exige S Touring pack consists of:
• Full leather or Microfibre suede-effect
interior
• Leather trimmed centre console
• Leather handbrake gaiter
• Sound system iPod* connection
• Full carpets, with embroidered logo
• Auxiliary driving lights (in markets where
legally allowed)
• Sound insulation kit
• Cup holder
The Exige S Sport pack includes:
• Bilstein sports dampers
• Traction control
• Adjustable front anti-roll bar
• T45 roll bar, with integrated harness
mounts
The Exige S Performance Pack – more punch,
more ability for Exige S
• 308 mm front cross-drilled and vented discs
with AP Racing four piston callipers
• Uprated front and rear brake pads
• Full length upsized roof scoop
• Variable slip traction control
• Uprated clutch plate and cover
• Uprated vehicle performance through
enhanced power and torque delivery
• Launch control
With the Exige performance pack, the
power is raised to 240 PS / 179 kW (minimum)
at 8000 rpm courtesy of a Magnuson/Eaton M62
supercharger, new faster flowing injectors and
higher torque clutch system and an upsized
roof scoop to feed more air to the supercharger
intercooler system.
This hike in power, together with an increase
in torque to 170 lbft / 230 Nm / 23.5 kgm at 5,500
rpm from the standard 158.6 lbft / 215 Nm / 22
kgm at 5500 rpm, helps whisk the Performance
Pack Exige S from zero to 60mph in 4.5 secs
and 0-100km/h in 4.77 secs, and on to 100mph
in 11.97 secs. Top speed rises to 145 mph.
The power and torque of the 240 PS engine is
increased across the rev range giving even more
flexibility.
The clutch is uprated and a clutch damper
fitted; there are thicker, 308mm diameter crossdrilled and vented discs at the front clamped
by AP Racing four-piston calipers; thestandard
brake pads are replaced by uprated pads.
Keen to pass on lessons learned on the track
with the Exige GT3 racing programme, Lotus
Sport has contributed another important track
specific technology to the Performance Pack
– launch control combined with variable traction
control.
From the driver’s seat the track orientated
launch control allows you to determine the
engine revs you wish to use during a standing
start on the track. Having programmed that
limit, it will not be exceeded when you then
hold down the throttle and sidestep the clutch
at departure from the line. The clutch damper
cushions the severity of the clutch / transmission
engagement to minimise the stresses to the
drivetrain (noting that continuous abusive
standing start applications will destroy the
drivetrain components). The launch control also
keeps wheel spin at bay until 6 mph, after which
the traction control assumes its duties.
As with launch control, you can dial in the
amount of traction control you require from the
driver’s seats, altering it on the move to suit
driving style and the characteristics of particular
corners. The amount of traction control can be
varied in over 30 increments from an optimum 7
percent tyre slip to completely off. The message
display in the new instrument pack displays
what degree of traction control you have
currently dialled in.
Air conditioning, Lotus traction control and
limited slip differential are available as standalone options.
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PEACE OF MIND AROUND THE CLOCK
EVERYTIME YOU’RE ON THE ROAD
Protect and safeguard yourself and loved ones against
breakdowns 24-hours a day by becoming a member of
the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM).
Providing reliable, dependable and high quality
services to its members over the last 75 years, AAM has
firmly established itself as the country’s No. 1 Motoring
Friend with approximately 300,000 active members and
cardholders throughout the country, divided into ordinary,
basic, corporate and fleet memberships.
AAM was established in 1932 and acts as the official
spokesperson for Malaysian motor vehicle owners,
championing their rights to adequate roads and the safe
use of these roads.
1. ORDINARY MEMBERSHIP
Ordinary Membership is open to motorists with a valid
driver’s licence or owns a vehicle, and designed to
protect members in
the event of vehicle
breakdown.
In the event of
a breakdown,
assistance is
only provided to
members, and the
vehicle must be
registered with
AAM. Members are
entitled to register
with AAM two (2)
assigned vehicles.
Members can also
register up to an
additional two (2)
more vehicles at RM30.00 each.
Friends or family members who are not
AAM members but driving the registered
member’s vehicle, are not eligible for breakdown
assistance.
As a member, you are entitled to a number of
privileges that include unlimited towing and minor on-thespot repairs within the Free Breakdown Zone, and a onetime Outside Breakdown Zone claim of up to RM300.00
per car per membership year.
TYPES OF ORDINARY MEMBER
Principal Member
Entitles a member to all privileges under the Ordinary
Membership scheme provided by the Association.
Supplementary Cardholder
The Principal Member can nominate their spouse to be
the supplementary cardholder.
Children Supplementary Cardholder
The Principal Member can nominate their Children age
between 17 to 21 years old with valid driving licence to
be the supplementary cardholder.
Driver Supplementary Cardholder
The Principal Member can nominate their driver to be the
supplementary cardholder.
Life Membership
Open only to existing AAM Ordinary members who
have been a member continuously for at least 5
years.
Life Supplementary Cardholders
Open to the spouse of life members.
2. BASIC MEMBERSHIP
Basic Membership entitles an individual to seek
assistance for only one (1) vehicle that is registered
with AAM. Every additional vehicle registered will be
charged RM75.00 per annum.
Friends and family members who are driving the
cardholder’s vehicle that is registered with AAM are
also entitled to breakdown assistance so long as
they are able to present their AAM
membership card at the time of
the breakdown.
As a member, you are entitled
to unlimited towing and minor
on-the-spot repairs
within the Free
Breakdown
Zone, and
a one-time
Outside
Breakdown
Zone claim
of up to
RM200.00
per car per
membership
year.
However, a Basic
member shall not
be eligible for:
• Worldwide recognition - reciprocal service and
basic assistance from 133 affiliated Automobile
Associations and motoring club in 102 countries.
• Voting rights during the Association’s Annual
General Meeting.
3. CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP
AAM Corporate Membership is open to Companies or
Organisations that are registered in Malaysia.
The Companies or Organisations that subscribe
their fleet of vehicles under this scheme must have a
permanent office address and must be registered in
Malaysia. All vehicles must be registered under the
company’s ownership.
AAM’s Corporate Card is only open to company
registered vehicles. Motorcycles and Commercial
registered vehicles (such as lorry, truck, van,
taxi, wagon etc.) are not eligible to apply for AAM
Corporate Card.
Note: AAM
Ordinary and Basic
memberships are
only open to private
vehicle car owners.
Motorcycles and
commercial registered
vehicles (such as
lorry, truck, van,
taxi, wagon, etc) are
not eligible to apply
for AAM Ordinary,
Basic and Corporate
Memberships. AAM
reserves the right to
refuse towing such
commercial vehicles.
Alert: AAM members
are required to display
the AAM sticker
on their vehicle’s
windscreen in order
to obtain breakdown
assistance. Members
who fail to do so
may not be assisted.
Should you require
a new sticker, it
is available from
our patrolman at
RM10.00.
It is very important
for cardholders to
produce their AAM
membership card and
identification card for
verification purposes.
Great Savings:
Cardholders
who renew their
membership for
more than one (1)
year, are entitled to
a special package
that extends great
savings. Cardholders
have the option of
paying RM130.00 for
a two-year renewal
and RM195.00 for a
three-year renewal.
For more details,
kindly contact our
Member Relations
Unit (MRU) at 032162 6915 or you can
email to [email protected]
org.my.
You can also visit the
AAM website at www.
aam.org.my
RENEW-BY-ONLINE PAYMENT:
Please fax/mail this form to:
Automobile Association of Malaysia
BlockE-7-4, Megan Avenue1, 189,
Jln Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2162 5777 Fax: 2162 5358
or send in instruction for continous renewal
03-2161 8252
CONVENIENCE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
RENEW-BY-PHONE CALL:
ORDINARY MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO
CONVERT TO A1 OR SHAPE CARDS
“SAFETY, SECURITY,
ONE STOP
CONVENIENCE AND
AROUND THE CLOCK
PROTECTION ON
THE ROAD WITH
AAM SHAPE LADY’S
CARD & A1 TEAM.
MALAYSIA CARDS.”
FREE
Car Registration No
Please charge to my credit/charge card
Amex
Diners
(Made payable to Automobile Association of Malaysia or AAM)
Exp Date:
Road Tax Expiry Date
PAYMENT ADVICE (Please tick where applicable)
I submit cash payment of RM
I enclosed cheque/P.O. No
Driving Licence No 1.
2.
3.
4.
GRAND TOTAL
BluOxy+Nanodor Pad
SPECIAL PROMOTION
Visa
of RM
Individual Plan
Family Plan
*NOTE : If you wish to convert within any ate membership stated,
the conversion fee will be RM10 Additional RM50,000 PA COVERAGE
First 2 cars registration are Free, please indicate you car details
in the vehicle and driving licnese particular update
MEGAPAL PA COVERAGE OPTIONAL)
REGISTRATION OF ADDITIONAL CAR (max 2 cars)
AAMBasic Card
BASIC MEMBERSHIP
Driver’s Supplementry
1. Drivers Name
Vehicle No1:
2:
1. Drivers Name
Vehicle No1:
3:
Child Supplementry
Child’s Name
(D.O.B)
Child’s Name
(D.O.B.)
RM50
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM50
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM50
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM50
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM100
RM50
Mastercard
Make / Model/ Year
RM58
RM10
RM10
RM58
RM25
RM50
RM50
(x ..........)
cars
RM25
RM50
RM30
(x ..........)
cars
RM200
RM100
RM200
RM100
RM100
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM100
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM58
RM10
RM50
RM100
RM60
(x ..........)
cars
RM58
RM10
RM50
RM100
RM100
(x ..........)
cars
Exp Date:
RM58
RM10
RM75
RM150
RM90
(x ..........)
cars
RM195
(x ..........)
cars
RM90
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM90
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM195
RM90
/
RM58
RM10
RM75
RM150
RM150
(x ..........)
cars
RM150
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM150
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM300
RM150
3Yrs
A1
RM58
RM10
RM75
RM150
RM150
(x ..........)
cars
RM150
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM150
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM300
RM150
SHAPE
Card holder’s Signature
Date:
I declare that the above information given is true and correct, and this application is subject to the
Association’s rules and regulations.
MEMBER ACCEPTANCE
Yes CREDIT CARD CONTINOUS AUTHORITY
No To avoid membership from lapsing please charge the renewal fee to the credit/charge card indicated until advice in writing.
Card No:
RM58
RM10
RM50
RM100
RM100
(x ..........)
cars
RM130
(x ..........)
cars
RM60
(x ..........)
person
RM
ORDINARY
2 Yrs
SHAPE
RM60
RM100
RM60
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM130
RM60
Cardholder’s Name:
RM58
RM10
RM25
RM50
RM50
(x ..........)
cars
RM75
(x ..........)
cars
RM30
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM30
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM 75
RM30
A1
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM
ORDINARY
RM100
RM50
SHAPE
1 Yrs
A1
Principal
Spouse Supplementry
Spouse’s Name:
ORDINARY
Membership Plans
MEMBERSHIP
TYPE OF MEMBERSHIP (Please select either A1 card, Shape card, or Ordinary card)
Name:
Membership No:
PARTICULAR
wherever you drive”
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MOTORSPORTS
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CORPORATE OFFICE
AAM MOTORSPORTS SDN BHD
03-21625777
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TOLL FREE
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(24HRS)
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PENANG
04-281 7427
(24HRS)
SERDANG RAYA
03-8940 8136
IPOH
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(24HRS)
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(24HRS)
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